A Walkin’ Chunk a Mean-Mad: Pretty Boy Floyd & Robin Hood

I love a good man outside the law
 just as much as I hate a bad man inside the law. — Woody Guthrie (1940) Legend On October 22, 1934, Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd – a bank robber suspected by the FBI as a gunman in a 1933 Kansas City … → read more

Cut down a man in cold blood…

“None recover, they are just replaced.”  – Robert Hunter, 1995 Note: This is Part 3 of a three part series.  See also Part 1 and Part 2. Introduction At the free concert at Altamont Speedway on December 6, 1969, an eighteen year old man pulled a gun in a scuffle with a member of … → read more

There ain’t a winner in this game…

The last 10 minutes of the 1939 version of Of Mice and Men Note: this is Part 2 of a three part series.  See also Part 1 and Part 3. Introduction Bob Weir’s revelation that John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men was a partial inspiration for “Jack Straw” allows us to … → read more

Jack Straw

Note: this is Part 1 of a three part series.  See also Part 2, and Part 3. Introduction “We can share the women, we can share the wine. We can share what we got of yours, ‘cos we done shared all of mine.” So begins the Grateful Dead’s signature murder … → read more